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Family Erin's AmeriCorps Service 
Posted by: Erin on Sunday, December 26, 2004 - 09:52 PM(7682 Reads)
Hey there, everybody! I just wanted to say "hi" and update you all on what I have been doing lately since I haven't seen many of you since I visited Illinois in 2001 when Grandmama Kann had her 90th birthday party.

As many of you know, I graduated magna ***** laude from Salisbury University with a major in History and a minor in Gender Studies during May 2004. I was accepted into the History graduate program at American University in Washington, D.C. to study Early American History in conjunction with Ancient Greek and Roman History.

I was very excited, as well, to be accepted into the AmeriCorps service program through Salisbury University for the 2004-2005 school year. I decided to defer my enrollment to American University until Fall 2005 in order to start my year of AmeriCorps service in August 2004.

AmeriCorps is a service organization (kind of like the Peace Corps) in which members sign on for a year of service to their community as a "sort of" employee at a company or organization which helps the community. In return members receive a stipend/living allowance and, for full-time members like me, health insurance. Application into the AmeriCorps program at Salisbury University, called ShoreCorps/PALS (Partnership for Adolescents on the Lower Shore) is open to anyone whether or not they are a student at SU and focuses on serving at-risk youth in eight counties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

I was priveleged to be chosen as the coordinator of an organization called Salisbury's Promise, a branch of America's Promise! I am really enjoying the flexibility of my schedule and the amount of freedom I am given in comparison to the other AmeriCorps members! I make my own schedule and log in my own hours so I can leave in the middle of the day to get groceries or come in later in the day if I feel bad. It is very nice.

My service consists of managing the day-to-day activities of the non-profit organization which strives to provide the Five Promises to the youth of Wicomico County, Maryland. The Five Promises include Caring Adults, Safe Places, a Healthy Start, Marketable Skills, and Opportunities to Serve. I work to educate the community about these Promises and how everyone can help to fulfill them in the lives of the youth they know. For more information you can access the Salisbury's Promise website, called the Promise Station, under the Web Links right here on McKenzies.net! I am in charge of keeping it up-to-date and getting all of our Sites of Promise and Promise Partners to submit information onto the Promise Station for community use.

Anyway, that is what I have been up to during the day... I have a lot of other things going on with friends, church, family, etc but I just wanted to let you all know about my "day job!" I miss you all and hope to get a chance to see you all sometime in the next year! Happy New Year!


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